Man City have agreed a club-record €80m deal for David Silva’s replacement in their midfield, while Mohamed Salah has heart set on a €200m summer 2020, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
CITY GET ONE OVER MAN UTD AND AGREE JANUARY DEAL FOR MILINKOVIC-SAVIC
Man City have agreed personal terms with long-term Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in Spain.
Pep Guardiola is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for outstanding Spanish magician David Silva, who has announced he will leave the Etihad at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with a move to new MLS franchise Inter Miami.
And according to Don Balon, the man Guardiola has settled on is Serbian star Milinkovic-Savic, who has long been on the radar of their city rivals, as well as a number of other big-hitting European sides.
But it is City who appear to have won the race for the classy midfielder, with the Spanish outlet claiming personal terms have already been agreed with the player’s entourage and with City agreeing to pay an estimated €80m (£71.9m) – which would represent a club-record deal – for the 24-year-old star.
The central midfielder has 21 goals to his name over the past two full seasons, having weighed in with a further nine assists in that time; form that has convinced Guardiola that Milinkovic-Savic has what it takes to step into the very sizeable shoes of fans’ favourite Silva.
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Mohamed Salah has decided to quit Liverpool in summer 2020 and has set his heart of a move to Barcelona in a deal that could cost the LaLiga champions €200m. The Egyptian is also wanted by Real Madrid, but Salah won’t join them due to his rivalry with Sergio Ramos (Don Balon)
Juventus have changed their stance over Paulo Dybala and have now told suitors Tottenham and Man Utd that he won’t be sold in January (Tuttosport)
Dybala says he feels like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders following his goal against Inter Milan on Sunday evening and in light of all the speculation over his future (Corriere della Sera)
Aston Villa have reportedly sent scouts to watch Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz with a view to a potential January move (Aksam)
Arsenal are ready to rival Man Utd for Krylia Sovetov striker Aleksandr Sobolev having sent scouts to watch him in action (Sport Express)
Gareth Bale will quit Real Madrid at the end of the season for certain and feels annoyed by his exclusion from the Champions League team and mistreated by Zinedine Zidane (AS)
AC Milan will replace under-fire manager Marco Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli on Tuesday (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Elseid Hysaj’s agent has confirmed the right-back will leave Napoli and that Roma are possible destination (Radio Punto Nuovo)
Napoli full-back Kevin Malcuit has rejected a second call-up from Morocco as he is holding out for international action with France (France Football)
Matthijs de Ligt says he has learned to “believe in myself” at Juventus and that filling in for Giorgio Chiellini has been “a great challenge” (NU.nl)
Everton are weighing up a January move for Manchester United target Moussa Dembele. The French striker could cost €45m to prise from Lyon (various)
Real Madrid have held talks with the family of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and are plotting a sensational €75m bid to sign the England man in January (Don Balon)